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Species Lithophane abita - Hodges#9928.1

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
Superfamily Noctuoidea (Owlet Moths and kin)
Family Noctuidae (Owlet Moths)
Subfamily Noctuinae (Cutworm or Dart Moths)
Tribe Xylenini
Subtribe Xylenina
Genus Lithophane (Pinions)
Species abita (Lithophane abita - Hodges#9928.1)
Hodges Number
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lithophane abita Brou & Lafontaine, 2009 (1)
Phylogenetic sequence # 932555
Explanation of Names
Species name is taken from the type location, a few miles from Abita Springs LA.
Most conclusively identified by male genitalia
Maryland south to Florida, west to eastern Texas.
Adults fly in Louisiana from late November until late March. Recorded as early as October 17 (MD) to late April (MS, NC).
Larvae feed on Bald Cypress (Taxodium distichum).
See Also
L. thaxteri is virtually identical in macroscopic appearance but probably does not overlap in distribution, ranging from New Jersey northwards